Guest Post – Hooray For Hollywood by GPCox

I wrote this 5 years ago, but to me, the stories never get old!!

"Greatest Generation" Life Lessons

GPCox has done a fantastic job of research for this Guest Post. I learned quite a bit about the participation and personal sacrifices made by some very famous people. I think you’ll enjoy it.

Hollywood was aware of the threat of war long before Pearl Harbor.  The show biz paper “Variety” called the films

Abbott and Costello

Abbott and Costello

‘preparedness pix’ and by the end of 1940, there were 36 titles concerning the subject: “I Married a Nazi,” “Sergeant York” and “British Intelligence” were among them.  Non-Japanese oriental actors or Caucasians were hired to play the roles of Japanese villains, such as Peter Lorre as ‘Mr. Moto.’  War movies came out in the theatres as though popping off an assembly line.  Greer Garson seemed to save the entire British Army from Dunkirk in “Mrs. Minivier.”  Abbott and Costello continued their comedy routines in such films as 

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on May 13, 2018, in Home Front, Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 40 Comments.

    • Thank you for stopping in. I visited your site, but I’m afraid all I could see at my end here was photos. I found no way to click a “Like” button or to make a comment. My apologies.


  1. Julia C. Tobey


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  2. Fantastic post, great reading the amount of Movie people who either contributed to the war effort, or continued to contribute after the war, and still shared their talents in movies.
    Will check out further on Bea Arthur, that one was a surprise, Hoss Cartwright was another I believe.

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  3. I’ve enjoyed reading these posts, GP! I used to watch “Get Smart” and “McHale’s Navy”.

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  4. Yes this shows just how great that generation was.

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  5. Left a comment and link ‘over there’, GP.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  6. As a movie buff, I loved these films. Thank you for the replay, GP. 🙂

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  7. Good article, GP. I love the patriotism and the support in those old movies. These days, I think Hollywood might support the opposition! I go to less and less movies.

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    • It has been quite a while since I’ve been there. When the last 4 movies felt like a waste of money – I quit going. To be honest, I can’t even remember which ones they were. 🙂


  8. Nothing beats the old movies. TCM does a fantastic job showing them. I often times stayed up till 3 am watching them. I have seen some of them a few times and never get tired of them.

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  9. This was terrific!

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  10. when “Hollywood” was a different and seemingly better bunch of folks—folks who love their country as much as the men and women serving—as many of them served and did their part to contribute to the “greater good”—not like the elitest mentality of today—great offering GP

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  11. Wow! I was raised on so many of the songs and movies made by these incredible people. I’ll listen and watch again and remember. Thank you. 💕💕

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  12. Great read, which brought back so many memories. Although I just scape in as a Baby Boomer I grew up with these movies and tales of the combined efforts of celebrities during the war years. Thanks for making me smile with images of “Greer Garson saving the entire British Army from Dunkirk”. 🙂

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